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Sixty years after his passing, Buddy Holly is back with a new set of musical clothes, courtesy of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Producer Nick Patrick tells us the story of Holly’s symphonic new album, True Love Ways…

On Sunday 21 October, 2018, walkers on Primrose Hill came across a giant pair of horn-rimmed glasses and the seductive voice of Buddy Holly, wrapped in velvet strings, wafting across the sunny London skyline.

The al fresco performance of True Love Ways marked the 60th anniversary of Holly’s final recording session… and heralded the release of a new album that revitalises a dozen of his classic recordings with new symphonic arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The album was produced by Nick Patrick (Seal, Michael Ball, The Piano Guys) who previously united the Royal Philharmonic with the voices of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Aretha Franklin on a string of hit albums that began with Presley’s chart-topping If I Can Dream in 2015.

When you did the Elvis album, was Buddy Holly always on a wish list of other artists to record with the RPO?

“No-one knew what would happen with the Elvis album, but after the success of it, one naturally thought, ‘Who else would this work with?’ It was Tom Lewis, the head of artist development and A&R at Decca who decided that Buddy would be great, because of his amazing songs and the affection people have for him. Here’s a guy who had such a short career but so many hits. I think with these things, the artist has to be in that rarefied atmosphere of the truly great. They need to be able to carry the day and the orchestra just supports them.”

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